The former head of Taylor Woodrow Construction has been parachuted into Bovis Lend Lease’s UK northern division in the latest senior management change at the contractor

Tim Peach, who was managing director of Taylor Woodrow Construction until just after it was bought by Vinci in September 2008, has been brought in as operations director for Bovis in the North, reporting to Tony Lenehan, the head of the northern division. His arrival has emerged after the company confirmed last week that chief executive Nick Pollard will leave the business within nine months.

The move comes as one of its major contracts, the £351m MediaCity in Salford, draws to a close

The move to strengthen Bovis’ operations in the North comes as one of its major contracts, the £351m MediaCity project in Salford, draws to a close. Sources close to the firm have pointed to the need to win more work in the region, against a background of public spending cuts and a slow return to private sector growth.

It is also understood that the management of Bovis’ £1.2bn Birmingham schools contract has recently been transferred to the UK southern division, thus increasing pressure to grow the pipeline of work in the North.

Peach left Taylor Woodrow in 2009, shortly after it was bought by Vinci for £74m. Most recently, he has been at London-based cladding and fit-out contractor MPG, which he joined last year as chief operating officer.

Meanwhile, it has also emerged that Tim Atkinson, an operations director in Bovis’ southern division, has left the company. It is understood that his departure is amicable.

The reshuffles come amid a period of change at Bovis which began in April with Dan Labbad, head of parent company Lend Lease’s development business in Europe, assuming control of all of Lend Lease’s operations in Europe, including Bovis.